A photo taken yesterday around midnight of the the “Dollar Lake Fire” which is burning on the North side of Mt Hood in Parkdale, Oregon. The fire was set off by a lightning storm a few days ago. A 3 minute exposure in this shot really blurs the fast moving smoke, and the stars in the sky as well. Taken from Binns Hill Road on the westside of Hood River. – Blaine Franger, photographer
I was completely soaked after laying in mosquito-invested waters for an uncomfortably long time. At one point, a concerned French news reporter came up to me and said, “Excuse me, but you’re quite covered in bugs.” It must have been pretty bad for him to come over and say that… I think perhaps he thought I was dead because I stayed in the same position for so long, trying to zen-focus on the shot. This is the Space Shuttle Atlantis, in case you do not know. It’s also the final space shuttle launch, ever. So, it’s incredibly special, and I’m happy I got to spend time with the ship on its final night.